Denim processing and health hazards

A. P. Periyasamy, J. Militky

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The production of denim garments requires a number of processes such as spinning, colouration, weaving and garment finishing. However, there are several health and hazard issues associated with this industry; the hazards and risk involved are high compared with other manufacturing industries. This chapter will look at issues involving threats to the environment and the health hazards of the denim industry, from raw materials to finished products. It first provides an overview of pollution caused by the denim industry. Then it elaborates on health problems and hazards in the denim industry, with a case study. The effects of different chemicals on human health are discussed. Furthermore, it describes different types of denim processing with respect to health concerns. Finally, it describes the responsibilities of brands and designers, which help to save the environment as well as human lives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability in Denim
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-08-102043-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-00-314043-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • Byssinosis
  • Denim processing
  • Denim washing
  • Environmental impact
  • Health hazards
  • Heavy metals
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Sandblasting
  • Silicosis


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